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Freeholders Award Contract for Garret Mountain Reservation Improvement Project

PASSAIC COUNTY – At the December 12, 2017 meeting of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, a contract in the amount of $1,402,097 was awarded to Thomas & Sons Builders, LLC for the Garret Mountain Reservation Phase I Improvement Project. Currently, work is underway on the dredging and aeration of Barbour’s Pond, a $1.7 million dollar project that is slated to be completed in February of 2018. In total, $3,118,775.01 is being spent on the Garret Mountain Reservation Phase I Improvement Project, which is being funded in part by a $1.375 million dollar Green Acres Program grant secured in 2015. 

In early January 2018, the following improvements are slated to begin: 

• Refurbishment of the existing four bathroom facilities, which includes creating ADA accessibility and expanding the capacity of the holding tank in the main bathroom located near the Great Meadow; 
• The installation of four new pavilions throughout the Reservation; 

• New picnic tables; and 
• Drainage improvements to the hiking trails. 

“Garret Mountain Reservation remains one of the most heavily visited facilities in the Passaic County Park System and across New Jersey,” stated Passaic County Freeholder Director Cassandra “Sandi” Lazzara. “This Board is demonstrating its commitment to the Garret Mountain Reservation by investing over $3.1 million dollars into its improvement. Most importantly, we are maximizing grant funding and outside sources to keep costs manageable. 2018 is going to be a banner year for the Passaic County Park System, and the improvements taking place at the Garret Mountain Reservation are just the tip of the iceberg.”

In 2018, almost every facility in the Passaic County Park System will be under construction with improvements, including the following major capital projects: 

• $1.5 million for the Weasel Brook Park Phase II Improvement Project; 
• $1.5 million for the restoration of the historic John W. Rea House; 
• $1 million for the restoration of the historic Westervelt-Vanderhoef House;
• $550,000 for the Goffle Brook Park Athletic Field Improvement Project; 
• $500,000 for the Dey Mansion Garden Restoration Project; and 
• $177,000 for the Garret Mountain Reservation Deer Fence Project. 

“By maximizing Green Acres and other outside grant funding, and properly managing the monies collected through the Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, there are a record number of projects under construction in 2018 in the Passaic County Park System,” stated Freeholder Assad Akhter. “We continue to invest in parks, recreation, and historic preservation because it is so important that every child – regardless of circumstance – has access to high quality recreational facilities throughout Passaic County.”